March 3, 2009
Kansas City Center playing wider role as home for community, corporate events
In addition to creating convenient access to graduate degree programs in business and education for students from the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty is proving to be an asset to community groups, civic organizations and private companies, according to Dr. Melody Hubbard, the center's director.
More than 2,500 people attended special events and workshops at the center in 2008, Hubbard said, noting that the facility, in addition to its regular weekday schedule, is open most evenings and approximately every other Saturday.
With the exception of special services, such as teleconferencing or helping arrange for catered meals, use of center facilities is usually offered at no cost, Hubbard said, and groups can take advantage of modern meeting spaces, electronic presentation equipment, loaned laptop computers and wireless Internet access.
"The Northwest Kansas City Center is for everybody," Hubbard said, adding that faculty, staff and students at the Maryville campus are also encouraged to take advantage of the facility for activities involving people and resources tied to the metropolitan area. For example, she said, Northwest music students have used the center for cello lessons taught by a member of the Kansas City Symphony.
"If people from campus need to use the center, we will accommodate them," Hubbard said. "Offering graduate programs is our first priority, but because most of our classes are held in the evenings and on Saturdays, we often have space available that we can offer Northwest employees and alumni who would like to hold a workshop, host a meeting and interview potential students."
Hubbard said the center is staffed 72 hours a week when Northwest is in session during the fall and spring trimesters. Meeting space is offered at no charge unless events take place outside the regular staffing schedule, in which case there is a minimal fee.
The Northwest Kansas City Center is located in Blue Jay Tower Plaza at 8 Victory Lane in Liberty adjoining the Liberty High School Campus and about 15 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. The building is handicap accessible and offers a variety of meeting rooms that can serve groups from five to 75 people. Parking is available at or near the facility.
Groups that have held events at the center include the Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, Liberty and North Kansas City public schools, Liberty Arts Council, the Send Out Cards greeting card company, the Pearson Company and M&I Bank. Later this month, the center will host an exhibition of paintings by artist and Liberty High School instructor Debra Payne.
For more information about arranging for the use of Northwest Kansas City Center facilities for your group or organization, e-mail Colleen Lainhart, office manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816.736.6600.
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